Lionel Messi Officially Joins Inter Miami CF

Lionel Messi Officially Joins Inter Miami CF

The 2022 World Cup winner from Argentina officially joined Inter Miami on Saturday after the team announced it on social media.

Messi left Paris Saint-Germain after two seasons and was rumoured to either sign with a Saudi Arabian club or reunite with his old La Liga club, Barcelona. But instead, Messi picked Inter Miami in a stunning decision that could elevate MLS’ profile in soccer. He didn’t come alone, either Miami reportedly added former Messi teammate Sergio Busquets and hired former Barcelona and Argentina manager Gerardo Martino.

Despite the addition of a seven-time Ballon d’Orr winner, Miami might not jump immediately to the top of the MLS standings. The club currently sits 15th in the Eastern Conference with just 18 points — tied with the last-place Colorado Rapids of the Western Conference — through 21 games with 5-3-13 record.

Messi and Busquets will undoubtedly help the product on the field, but it might not be the quick fix fans expect from one of the greatest global soccer players of all time.

But none of that really matters right now. Inter Miami landed Messi, and that move should eventually lead to some interesting moments for MLS for however long Messi plays in America. And Messi has already started to acclimate to life in Florida, like when he went food shopping at Publix, a southern grocery chain.

Not many professional athletes in Miami can casually walk around in public without being flooded by fans. Maybe they’re being respectful, or maybe soccer just isn’t big enough in the United States — yet — for someone of Messi’s stature to gain LeBron-like attention. Perhaps Messi will change that.

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